Shots claim the bragging rights in local derby. 6th August 2019
Woking 0 Aldershot Town 1
Vanarama National League Tuesday 6th August 2019
Attendance: 3,922 (925)
Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium
A first half strike from Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong was sufficient enough to give the Shots bragging rights in the local derby against near neighbours Woking at the Laithwaite on Tuesday evening.
Manager Alan Dowson named an unchanged side after the Cards opened their National League campaign with a 2-0 victory against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road on Saturday.
The early stages of this local derby were played in a fast and frantic pace with both sides having half chances before Josh Casey- relishing his new role as a wing back- skipped past three tackles and sent a shot inside the area which was well blocked by Lewis Kinsella. Casey was involved again shortly after by threading a lovely ball through to Dave Tarpey who turned and shot but Shots keeper Mitch Walker blocked his shot with the ball falling to Kane Ferdinand, who drilled his effort goal bound, but took a deflection for a corner.
After 23 minutes the deadlock was broken, and it was the Shots who opened the scoring following a throw Kinsella’s cross was headed clear to Dean Rance with a chip over the Cards defence which found Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong on the right who calmly slotted the ball past Craig Ross.
Woking enjoyed a fine spell of pressure late on in the half which should of lead to a Cards equaliser, but Ben Gerrin headed over when only a few yards out.
Dowson made a double change with 65 minutes played by bringing on new loan signings Ibrahim Meite and Tyreke Johnson. But it was the visitors who almost put the game to bed following a counter attack with Connor Shields playing in Berkeley-Agyepong, but he slipped at the vital moment allowing Ross to comfortably save his weak shot.
With Woking throwing everybody forward the Shots hit the Cards with another counter attack deep into added time with substitute Harrison Panayiotou latching on to a long clearance, he raced through on goal, but his effort hit the post. Aldershot comfortably saw out the remaining minutes of the match to complete their fifth win in a row against Woking in Surrey and give new Manager Danny Searle his first victory at the club.